Wed 28 May 2014

An Invitation to Montreuil


Hôtel Hermitage

Hôtel Hermitage

Would you like to come for a buffet lunch and walk-around tasting at the Hôtel Hermitage next to our French showroom in Montreuil-sur-Mer?

If you are travelling to or from France on holiday, or just coming for the day or weekend, these relaxed, informal buffets offer the chance to take a break, meet fellow Wine Society members, enjoy some local cooking and taste a range of 20 or so wines.

The next lunch date, Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis, is on Saturday 28th June, offering a selection of local dishes alongside wines chosen specially to complement these. Ch’ti is the Picardy dialect and the nickname for its inhabitants, whose culinary specialities include the delicious tarte au Maroilles made from the cheese of the same name, the simple but delectable tarte au sucre and the town’s own excellent cheese, Le Pavé Montreuillois. The lunch and walk-around tasting start at 11am and will go on until around 2.30pm, tickets at £45 per head are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact Member Services or buy tickets on our website.

The historic ramparts at Montreuil

The historic ramparts at Montreuil

There’s plenty to see and do in Montreuil itself and the surrounding area, making this a good destination in its own right for a short break or long-weekend. Angela Bird’s guidebook Northern France: What to do and see within 90 minutes of Calais is a good source of inspiration and insider knowledge. For those planning a trip the coming weeks, Angela has provided details of some events that may be of interest.

Things to do in and around Montreuil-sur-Mer

18th May & 15th June, 2014
Aux Marches Du Palais

A meet of collectors’ and classic cars, organised by the Le Touquet Automobiles de Collection club, featuring around 100 vehicles from Britain, Germany, Italy and France.
Palais des Congrès car park, Le Touquet. Information from Le Touquet tourist office, Palais des Congrès, Place de l’Hermitage, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, 16km NW of Montreuil (tel: 03 21 06 72 00).
Admission free.

24th-25th May, 2014
Journées Doullennaises des Jardins d’Agrément

Delightful garden show, with stands laid out inside the town’s ancient citadel. Bigger every year, it attracts around 60 exhibitors from France and England alike. Special focus this year on “Les plantes et la mémoire”.
Doullens, 28km N of Amiens, 64km SE of Montreuil (tel: 06 07 27 68 79).
Daily 9.30am-7pm.
Admission 6€, under-15s free.

30th May-8th June, 2014
Musica Nigella

A series of 16 classical concerts and an opera given in a variety of venues located between the Canche and Authie rivers. Performances will be held at Berck, Montreuil, Le Touquet and villages around, and include open rehearsals, music related to food or to dance, and opportunities for audiences to mingle informally with performers.
Festival office, 4 Rue de la Rivière, 62180 Tigny-Noyelles (tel: 06 03 74 36 70).
Times and admission charges vary.

1st June, 2014
Balade Aux Jardins

Their proud owners give the public a chance to ogle some cherished American cars in the centre of Montreuil, before they set off for a leisurely drive around the flowery villages of the Montreuil area.
Place du Général de Gaulle, Montreuil (tel: 06 08 63 49 56).
Admission free.

7-9th June, 2014
Week-end ‘The Rose’

A couple of days of flower-themed activities and entertainment, with an exhibition of painting on porcelain; the creation of a new garden by the municipal gardeners; a sale of plants and roses; and, on Saturday (3.30pm), stilt-walkers striding through the streets.
Place de la Concorde, Hardelot; information from Hardelot tourist office (tel: 03 21 83 51 02).
Admission free.

15th June-15th September, 2014
La Cathédrale en Couleurs

This fantastic summer illumination show brings to life the wonderfully-carved medieval sculptures on the west front of Amiens cathedral. Traces of paint that originally embellished the stone statues were discovered during restoration. Today for an hour or so on summer evenings they are “repainted” thanks to some amazing lighting technology.
Daily: June 10.45pm; July 10.30pm; Aug 10pm; Sept 9.45pm.
Cathedral west front, off Rue Flatters, Amiens, 95km SE of Montreuil (tel: 03 22 71 60 50)
Admission free.

The Society's French Showroom, Montreuil

The Society’s French Showroom, Montreuil

If you wish to order wines for collection, the showroom is open from 10.00am to 6.00pm. Just turn up and order from the 200 or so wines held in stock, or telephone through your pre-orders of unmixed dozens to Member Services on 01438 740222.

Wines collected from Montreuil benefit from a guaranteed saving of at least £20 per dozen, with an extra €3 per dozen for pre-ordered wines. Please ensure that you allow plenty of time for your pre-ordered wines to be prepared for you. You can find out more via our website.

Joanna Goodman
News Editor

Categories : France, Montreuil


  1. JerryW says:

    Such a shame that your en primeur offers cannot be delivered to Montreuil, especially as most of them originate in France!

    • Martin Brown says:

      I can completely understand your frustration, Jerry, particularly given the geographical proximity. Unfortunately the way our offers and infrastructure are set up (that is to say, of course, with our main focus being on UK delivery) means that it would involve a considerable (and very expensive) overhaul of our systems for it to be possible. Sorry not to have any better news for you, and for any inconvenience caused.
      Best wishes
      Martin Brown
      The Wine Society

  2. PeteT says:

    Jerry – I’m with you. Don’t see why it would be that hard/expensive to ask the supplier to “please deliver 20 cases to Montreuil” ?

    • Martin Brown says:

      Sorry once again. It has been looked into in some depth, and we will certainly review the possibility periodically, but it is currently not considered viable for a number of reasons. For instance, quantities would be small and therefore expensive to transport, and our costs are worked out to include groupage of orders in bulk to Stevenage rather than individual small orders from various châteaux. As such, we would have to charge members a lot to do it in this way, infrastructural work notwithstanding. Apologies.

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